The City of Monterey is one of the most favorite weekend destinations in coastal California. Californians love the weather, the pristine attractions in and around Monterey Bay, the world-class restaurants, and the scenic drives. Some of the tourist hotspots are of course better known, such as Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf, but there are many hidden secrets in the Monterey area such as Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and Pacific Grove. Two of the imperative things to do in Monterey are to check out Cannery Row and to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival if you are traveling down the coast at the right time.
Planning A Vacation in Monterey
Your vacation in Monterey, whether a long holiday or a short weekend, will be incomplete if you don’t explore Carmel by the Sea. It is a seaside village, just south of Pebble Beach. The small cafes and distinct shops have a story of their own. What looks like a humble village at the outset turns out to be a haven for gourmet restaurants and upscale stores selling expensive designer items. You could spend an hour or two here or you could plan half a day if you intend to shop and eat and walk around. Definitely plan to walk down to the beach, one of California’s true white sand beaches.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve should be on your list of places to visit in Monterey. It is not very far from Carmel by the Sea. The amazing rock formations are the star attraction. You might get to spot a southern sea otter. There are thirteen trails at the reserve so anyone interested in hiking can choose one based on their level of fitness and experience.
Monterey Bay Aquarium is an open sea exhibit with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and jellyfish among various other schools traversing a vast area for visitors to explore. There are forty-five interactive exhibits of reptiles, birds, octopi, invertebrates, and fish. You can opt for guided tours and may even feed some marine wonders or touch them in the tide pool exhibit.
If you are a golf fan, you should definitely consider checking out the golf course at Pebble Beach Golf Club. Embark on the 17-Mile Drive and see some of most of the scenic hotspots in and around Monterey at one go. The drive is amazing, to say the least. Do not forget to explore the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, not very far from Monterey Bay Aquarium or Cannery Row. Sign up for a whale-watching trip or try a kayak if you want a spike in your adrenaline. It is important to spend some time on Cannery Row, which is the heart of Monterey, as far as tourism is concerned.
Stay at The Stevenson Monterey
Cannery Row is just a mile and a half from The Stevenson Monterey. You can walk through Downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf within ten minutes. Monterey Bay Aquarium is less than two miles north of the hotel and Carmel-by-the-Sea is just a 5-minute drive. There are very few hotels that are as convenient as The Stevenson Monterey. Book your accommodation online at the hotel to find the best rates: https://www.thestevensonmonterey.com/